Four persons have been charged with breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act, following the seizure by the police of 12 pounds of cocaine and 475 pounds of compressed ganja in three separate incidents in the Corporate Area.
This, during stop and search activities between last week and this week, which were conducted by the Transnational Crime and Narcotics Division, TCND and the Motorized Patrol Division.
The Constabulary Communications Unit, CCU, says the first seizure and arrest followed stop and search activities on Half-Way Tree Road, Kingston 10 on Wednesday, July 9.
Reports are that about 5:15 p.m., the driver of a Honda Civic motorcar was signalled to stop. He complied and the vehicle was searched. Four parcels of cocaine concealed within sheets were seized. The cocaine weighed approximately eight pounds and has an estimated street value of just over $5.5- million Jamaican.
The driver, Michael Douglas, a businessman of Charlton Avenue, Kingston 8 was charged with breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act and appeared in the Half-Way Tree Resident Magistrate’s Court yesterday and was remanded.
He’s to reappear before the court on August 15.
In the second incident, lawmen attached to the TCND were carrying out stop and search activities on the Spanish Town Bypass in St. Catherine on Sunday, July 13, when a quantity of cocaine was seized.
According to the CCU, about 11:00 a.m., a Toyota Mark Ten motorcar with two men aboard was signalled to stop. The driver complied and the vehicle and its occupants were searched. Two transparent plastic parcels containing cocaine weighing approximately four pounds were seized.
The drug has an estimated street value of just under 3-million Jamaican dollars.
The occupants, Orville Barriffe, construction worker of Seaview Gardens, Kingston 11 and Melvin Lawrence, operations manager of Topaz Crescent, Golden Acres, Red Hills, St. Andrew were charged with breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act.
They’re scheduled to appear in the Half-Way Tree Resident Magistrate’s Court on July 22.
Some hours later, another team of officers from the TCND were conducting similar operations on the White House main road in Westmoreland, when a quantity of ganja was seized.
The CCU says that about 10pm, the driver of a Toyota Corolla motorcar was signalled to stop. Upon complying, the driver and the vehicle were searched and several bags containing compressed ganja weighing approximately 475 pounds were seized.
The drug has an estimated street value of $1.7 million.
The driver, Shane Walker, bartender of Retirement district, Sheffield, Westmoreland was charged with breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act and is scheduled to appear before the Savanna-la-Mar Resident